City Council Minutes

Thursday, January 11,2007



ST. GEORGE CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
WORK MEETING
JANUARY 11, 2007, 4:00 P.M.
ADMINISTRATION CONFERENCE ROOM

PRESENT:
Mayor Daniel McArthur
Council Member Rod Orton
Council Member Suzanne Allen
Council Member Bob Whatcott
Council Member Gail Bunker
Council Member Larry Gardner
City Manager Gary Esplin
Deputy City Attorney Paula Houston
City Recorder Gay Cragun

OPENING:
Mayor McArthur called the meeting to order at 4:10 p.m. and welcomed all present. The pledge of allegiance was led by Gay Cragun and the invocation was offered by Mayor McArthur.

DISCUSSION ON THE SIGN ORDINANCE RELATING TO THE USE OF ADVERTISING BANNERS:
Community Development Director Bob Nicholson advised that staff researched what other cities were doing with regard to banners, and found out that each has their own unique way of handling banners, and all are struggling. Clayton Lucas distributed a handout entitled ?Policy Regarding the Use of Temporary Advertising Signs and Banners for Businesses?.

Code Enforcement Officer Brad Young presented a power point presentation on temporary signs and banners found throughout the city. He advised that the Special Holiday Period and Civic and Non-Profit and Dixie Center Events recommendations contained in the policy were new.

Council Member Bunker suggested that the period of banner use during the holidays be expanded.

An unidentified man recommended that the policy allow a designated variable sign space to be located on a building for promotional rotating banners as long as other provisions of the policy were met. He advised that the Chamber, Sign Review Committee, and sign companies agree that signs between poles on a street are not attractive. He suggested that they be allowed, however, if they take the place of an allowed freestanding sign.

Council Member Gardner stated he felt the proposed ordinance was over-reaching and deals with an area that cannot be dealt with.

An unidentified man, representing Fabulous Freddy?s, suggested that St. George follow Summerlin?s banner policy, which prohibits them altogether. He suggested that banners be allowed to be attached to a building and limited to a certain

percentage of building wall size. He stated from a business owner?s standpoint, he had no problem with this in order to make the City beautiful.


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An unidentified man suggested that the number of freestanding signs allowed to be used for civic and non-profit events be increased from three to six. He also suggested that the maximum size of these signs be increased from 3' x 8' to 4' x 8' in order to utilize a harder plastic material which comes in this standard size.

Brad Young commented that a 4' x 8' signs put on a corner create site distance problems. He suggested this could be remedied by pulling them back from the corner.

Council Member Whatcott commented that allowing six signs instead of three for civic and non-profit events would provide more advertising for the Dixie Center and help fill it.

Mayor McArthur advised that the matter would be scheduled on a regular City Council agenda for adoption.

An unidentified man, representing Fabulous Freddy?s, suggested the special holiday period be eliminated for consistency and because it will become confusing.

PRESENTATION OF THE MASTER TRANSPORTATION PLAN UPDATE:
Lee Cabele with Horrocks Engineering presented a power point presentation of the master traffic and transportation study, master plan development, traffic and roadways, transit, bikes, pedestrians, trails, general issues, summary and wrap-up.

Council Member Gardner commented he found the suggested overpass over I-15 offensive as this area is a view corridor and should be preserved. He stated it would be cheaper to have a flyunder under I-15, and it should be reconsidered.

Mr. Cabele replied that an EIS is underway which will address whether to go over or under.

Council Member Gardner commented that with regard to the proposed Bluff Street/Sunset flyover, he could not see spending $22,000,000 to gain five blocks and that this was a waste of funds.

Public Works Director Larry Bulloch distributed a handout entitled ?Ten Year Transportation Funding Plan? and reviewed it.

Ryan Marshall updated the Mayor and City Council on SunTran service and advised that in May it will expand to half hour service. Federal funding has been received to improve the bus garage, add bays to the bus wash, and build an administration building and covered parking for the buses. Most of this will be paid for by the FTA in the amount of $2.5 million.

City Manager Gary Esplin advised that $690,000 has been budgeted to help with this project.

Mr. Marshall explained that he looked at adding routes or going to half hour service, and going to half hour service proved to be the highest priority and least costly.


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However, some existing routes will be expanded. He advised that SunTran had an average of 18,575 rides a month in 2006.

Mayor McArthur called fora five minute break. Upon conclusion of the break, the meeting resumed.

DISCUSSION CONCERNING MANDATORY DEDICATION OF PARK PROPERTY:
City Manager Gary Esplin explained the City?s proposed Park Impact Ordinance includes a provision requiring developers to provide property for a neighborhood park or pay an in-lieu fee if their development is too small to provide sufficient property for the park. Staff needs direction regarding whether the platted but unbuilt-upon lots, estimated at 5,200, should be required to pay an in-lieu fee as well.

Carol Sapp inquired if the City would be making up that difference in the current level of service.

City Manager Gary Esplin replied that staff?s concern is with the need to provide parks in areas already pretty well built-out. The new park impact fee which will soon be considered for adoption does not and cannot address bringing up deficiencies currently existing. The City can require mandatory park dedication on all new development and not worry about the 5200 platted lots, but then it will have to figure out a way to fund the parks itself.

Leisure Services Director Kent Perkins displayed a map of areas where there are shortfalls in neighborhood parks. The City needs 25-34 acres to meet this need, and $3.2 million on the top end.

After discussion, City Manager Gary Esplin suggested that in-lieu fees be charged for new development only, and not the 5,200 lots already platted.

Leisure Services Director Kent Perkins explained that if a developer cannot come up with the land, he can pay a fee in-lieu, but a way is needed to determine the value.

City Manger Gary Esplin explained that in those areas where a fee in-lieu is paid, improvements would be made to the closest park to that area.

Leisure Services Director Kent Perkins advised that if there were no park in the area, the funds would be used to build a park to serve the area residents.

City Manager Gary Esplin advised that staff could come up with a realistic in-lieu number, erring on the conservative side, and bring it back for City Council consideration at the time the ordinance is considered.

DISCUSSION RE WATER WALK PROJECT:
City Manager Gary Esplin displayed a map of the Brooks Pond area and suggested that instead of the original Water Walk proposal, a new plan to create three focal points be considered. The first would be the Town Square area, the second is the Opera House complex, and the third is Brooks Pond.

After discussion, the City Council directed Mr. Esplin to proceed with his plan.
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DISCUSSION RE DIVINE STRAKE:
Mayor McArthur advised that several residents have asked him if the City Council is going to make a statement on the Divine Strake test. After discussion, it was decided the Mayor and City Council would make a statement at the next City Council meeting expressing concern with the test.

ADJOURN TO EXECUTIVE SESSION:
MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Gardner to adjourn to an executive session to discuss litigation.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Allen.
VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a roll call vote, as follows:

Council Member Gardner - aye
Council Member Allen - aye
Council Member Orton - aye
Council Member Whatcot - aye
Council Member Bunker - aye

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

RECONVENE AND ADJOURN:
MOTION: A motion to reconvene and adjourn was made by Council Member Whatcott.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Allen.
VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, and all voted aye. The motion carried.

The meeting adjourned at 7:05 p.m.




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Gay Cragun, City Recorder